THE MODERN PROMETHEUS
A Classic Novel Analysis
Inojales, Angel May E.
DR. DANILO B. SOLAYAO
In partial fulfilment of the requirement in
English 7- World Literature
Saint Michael’s College of Laguna
1st semester 2012-2013
A. Title of the Book: Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus
B. Author: Mary Shelley
C. Publisher: Simon and Schuster Inc.
D. Place of Publication: 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020 II. Introduction:
Before reading the novel “Frankenstein” I’m thinking of a somewhat like a boring situation I will experience since I thought that it was not interesting at all. Upon the progress of my reading, I never thought that I’d be enjoying it and found myself excited of what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed it to the extent that I’d just set aside my other subjects because I pre-occupied myself reading it. After reading, I was amazed by how wild the imagination did the author have that she came up such a very fine and exquisite work of literature. I was really fascinated and found myself idolizing the author Mary Shelley for such a very excellent novel she had published.
III. Author’s biography:
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born in 1797 into the most celebrated intellectual and literary marriage of the day. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was among the most influential Enlightenment radicals, and wrote passionately and persuasively for the rights of women, most famously in a Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1972). Her father, William Godwin, was a celebrated philosopher and writer who believed in man’s individual perfection and ability to reason. His best- known work, The Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, and it’s Influence on General Virtue and happiness, was published in 1793. Young Mary never knew her mother, who died of complications from her birth. Godwin, also raising Wollstonecraft’s other daughter, Fanny Imlay, needed a mother for his girls and found one in Mary Jane Clairmont, the unmarried mother of two. Clairmont was jealous of the attention paid to her notable stepdaughter and favoured her own children, making life at home difficult for young Mary, who was often whipped for impertinence and found solace reading or taking her meals at her mother’s grave. Although she received no formal education, growing up in William Godwin’s house provided ample opportunities for learning, with its well-stocked library and frequent visits from the great minds of the time. When relations between his wife and daughter became intolerable, Godwin sent Mary to live with his friends the Baxters in Scotland in 1812, where she enjoyed her first taste of domestic harmony. That year she briefly met the newly married Percy Bysshe Shelley, a noted young romantic poet and ardent follower of Godwin’s philosophy. She returned to her father’s home in 1814, where Shelley was a frequent visitor. The tow fell in love, and with Mary’s stepsister Jane Clairmont, ran off to the continent. The couple’s first child was born prematurely in 1815 and survived only a few weeks, and their second child was born in early 1816. Claire began an affair with another famous young poet, Lord Byron, and the four passed the unusually cold summer of 1816 together on the shores of Lake Geneva. They stayed by the fire talking and telling ghost stories, and Percy, Byron, and Mary decided to see who could write the most frightening tale. Mary’s tale became the basis for Frankenstein. Percy’s wife, Harriet, drowned herself in November 1816, and Percy and Mary married in December. Mary published Frankenstein anonymously in 1818, but since Percy had written the Preface and the book was dedicated of being the book’s author. Tragedy followed the Shelley's as the e third child, Clara, died in 1818 and their second child, William, died in 1819, and gave birth to her fourth child Percy Florence, in November. She...
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